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Transforming Network Infrastructure Week in Review: Aryaka, Cisco, Viptela


January 28, 2017

SD-WAN and breaking down silos were the two prevalent trends in our coverage this week in Transforming Network Infrastructure. We also saw Cisco snap up AppDynamics just as the application performance management company was preparing for an IPO.

In the SD-WAN realm, we wrote about how Aryaka has received $45 million in new funding from Deutsche Telekom Capital Partners and Third Point Ventures.

Aryaka says it wasn’t actively seeking the Series D funding, as it expects to achieve profitability this year. However, the new money will help the SD-WAN company accelerate its forward momentum in engineering, marketing, and sales.

Meanwhile, we learned that Viptela is the SD-WAN vendor of choice for NTTPC Communications Inc.

The large Japanese service provider is using the Viptela solution to power its MasterONE Service. This new service, the carrier says, helps

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address the increase in mobile devices and usage, as well as expanded use of conferencing services, in its coverage area.

As for the Cisco deal, that involved the communications and networking giant offering double what AppDynamics is valued at to get its hands on the APM supplier. The AppDynamics acquisition will enable Cisco to provide end-to-end visibility and intelligence from the network through to the application.

Already, startup AppDynamics has 2,000 customers. That includes Directv, ExactTarget, NASDAQ, Progressive, TESCO, and UBS.

Also this week, both Maurice Nagle and Laura Stotler contributed articles on the importance of breaking down silos to allow for effective digital transformation.

In his piece, Nagle suggests that organizational silos are the largest obstacle to digital transformation. Nearly 60 percent of respondents to a recent Transforming Network Infrastructure Community poll stated as much, he writes.

Meanwhile, Stotler discusses a recent Fiber Mountain blog about digital transformation and the work that needs to be done to break down silos. Because silos took years to erect, the postings note, they will require some real time and effort to dismantle. The first step in doing so, the articles suggest, is to make changes to corporate culture so different teams and departments within organizations are no longer siloed, but instead have open channels of communications.



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